Urban Planner: June 3, 2010
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Urban Planner: June 3, 2010

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A screening of Nicholas Ray’s 1956 melodrama Bigger Than Life launches TIFF Cinematheque’s summer season tonight. Image courtesy of Photofest and TIFF Cinematheque.

FASHION: Opera is known for its extravagant histrionics, and the costumes are no exception—jewel-coloured satins, elaborate headpieces, and plenty of cleavage are all parts of the operatic experience. Tonight, Toronto’s baroque opera company, Opera Atelier, will exhibit some of its most iconic costumes in a runway event. The fashion show will feature twenty of the company’s most opulent ensembles from its productions over the past twenty-five years, including Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro, and Dido and Aeneas. The show is a lead-up to a sale on June 4 and 5, when guests will have the chance to purchase the costumes themselves, with items ranging in price from $10 to $250. Canadian Self Storage (1 Laird Drive); show: tonight from 6–9 p.m., sale: June 4 and 5 from 1–5 p.m.; show: $25, sale: FREE.
FILM: Bigger Than Life describes more than Nicholas Ray’s 1956 film. Both the movie and its title represent the sumptuous, melodramatic turn that cinema took in the 1950s, characterized by vivid Technicolor, grandiose performances, and a certain disdain for Rockwell-esque American life. Ray’s film stars James Mason as an average suburban Joe whose cortisone treatment takes a sinister turn, transforming the staid Mason into a murderous, paranoid psychopath driven by an ideological need to dismantle the myth of the American Dream. Tonight’s screening of the film launches TIFF Cinematheque‘s summer season (running until August 26), which will feature many classic and contemporary treats. Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West); 7 p.m.; $10.14/regular, $5.90/students, seniors, kids, members.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Rencontres de Bamako is a prestigious African photography exhibition held every other year in Bamako, Mali. It also lends its name to Bamako in Toronto, a new photography exhibit at the Gladstone that features the work of some of Africa’s most exciting photographers, including South Africa’s Zanele Muholi (also a Ryerson MFA graduate), Nigeria’s Uche Okpa-Iroha, and Burkina Faso’s Saidou Dicko. The exhibit, which runs until August 2, is curated by Mark Sealy, director of the UK’s Autograph ABP Agency, who will also speak at the opening. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 7–9 p.m., FREE.
DISCUSSION: Since his release from prison in March, Igor Kenk has been quite the man about town, even showing up to the launch of his graphic-novel biography. Perhaps he’ll also make an appearance at tonight’s community discussion on bike theft, tied in with the release of Pop Sandbox’s KENK: A Graphic Portrait. Participating in the panel will be KENK writer Richard Poplak, Toronto Cyclists Union Executive Director Yvonne Bambrick, the Toronto Police’s Robert Tajti, Curbside Cycle‘s Eric Kamphof, and IBikeTO.ca’s Herb van den Dool, with moderation by CBC producer Richard Goddard. CineCycle (129 Spadina Avenue); 8 p.m.; $5 suggested donation, TCU members FREE.